For the first time in his track and field career, Usain Bolt was bested in the 100M dash at the World Championships—and not only was he beaten to the finish line, he was beaten there by two men: Americans Justin Gatlin, who won his first World Championship gold since claiming the top spot in the 100M and 200M dashes in Helsinki in 2005, and 21-year-old Christian Coleman.
The three racers finished with times of 9.92, 9.94, and 9.95 seconds, Bolt’s slowest ever time in a 100M in the World Championships or Olympics.
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Before the World Championships, Bolt announced it’d be his last competition before retirement, making this apparently his last solo race. He has yet to compete in the 4x100M relay, which will take place next week.
Gatlin, 35, dropped to his knees and bowed to Bolt after his victory.
“The first thing he did was congratulate me and say that I didn’t deserve the boos,” Gatlin said after his victory. “He is an inspiration.”
The fastest man to ever grace a track took his defeat in stride.
“You can’t win everything,” said a laughing Bolt. “My body is saying it’s time to go. Every morning I wake up, I’m in a little pain here, a little pain there.”
Usain Bolt, 30, has won gold in the 100M, 200M, and 4x100M relay in every World Championship dating back to 2009, save for 2011, when he was disqualified on a false start in the 100M race. He owns the world record in the 100M at 9.58 seconds. He also holds the 200M record: 19.19 seconds.
The Jamaican had accomplished gold in all three events at three straight Olympics, but Jamaica’s relay team from the 2008 Beijing games was stripped of their medals in January after teammate Nesta Carter tested positive for a banned substance.